“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” C.S. Lewis

Need the perfect present for a book-lover? How about come jewellery based on their favourite book?

For Christmas I am offering a special deal for the “Inspired by Books” Necklaces. Every order gets free matching earrings!

You can check out my back-catalogue for inspiration by clicking HERE

Want to Order?
Send me an email to lunaslittlelibrary (at) gmail (dot) com with details of what you’d like. For example, is there a book-cover you’d love the design based on? Colour theme?

  • Pendants start at £8 (including chain)
  • Beaded necklaces start at £12
    -The final cost is depended on the design

I will email you a design idea & quote upon approval the order will be processed.

For guaranteed Christmas delivery within the UK please submit your order by the 30 November 2014. I’m making each piece by hand so there will be a limit to how many orders can be fulfilled, first come first served.

Postage & Packing is £2 in UK (standard delivery)
£6 for international (blame the post-office for that)

Please note that international deliveries can take up to 3-6 weeks from shipping, if you want guaranteed delivery by Christmas there are still options available but the postage will be extra.

 

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20702018How did I get the book?
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Historical Fiction / Paranormal

Synopsis: Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.

200words (or less) review: I was really excited about The Cure for Dreaming when I heard about it so jumped on the chance to review it. See people’s true natures in visions? Sold.

I’ll admit that Olivia’s story didn’t turn out to be quite the dark and twisted tale I hoped but I still got lost in the book pretty quickly. Learning about the American Suffragette movement was definitely interesting and the pictures, quotes and adverts from the time added a little something extra.

Didn’t need to know quite so much about Dentistry in 1900 if I’m honest but that’s more to do with my feelings on leeches *shudders*. Cat Winters certainly succeeded in making Olivia’s father someone to despise, thus ensuring you were on her side. My favourite character was actually Olivia’s best friend, Frannie.

The Cure for Dreaming was an interesting read, I pretty much read the book in one sitting. I’ve had Cat Winters In the Shadow of Blackbirds sitting on my shelf for a while so I need to dig that out now. :)

Recommend it?

Yes

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The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

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In Beacon Heights High, Nolan Hotchkiss is king. His charm, wealth and good looks are deceptively seductive, and many are the students whose lives and reputations have been ruined by it. All while Nolan continues to reign, unquestioned and undisrupted. Until now, that is.

Mackenzie, Ava, Julie, Caitlin and Parker seemingly don’t have much in common. Each has their own friends, dramas and goals. But one thing they do share: they all have a deep hatred of Nolan Hotchkiss. And they all think it’s about time he paid for what he’s done. They come up with the perfect murder – a hypothetical murder, of course. It’s all wishful thinking … until they wake up one morning to find that their wish has come true. Nolan has been killed – in exactly the way they planned. The thing is, they didn’t do it. So who did?

Thoughts before you started reading The Perfectionists?
CHRISSI: I had heard so much about Pretty Little Liars but I haven’t yet read the books or seen the TV show. I’m so out of the loop. It looked interesting though!

LUNA: I knew of Sara Shepard (it’d be pretty hard to miss Pretty Little Liars) but I’ve never actually read any of her books or seen PPL or The Lying Game on TV. The books are really popular so I figured The Perfectionists would be entertaining.

What did you think of Mackenzie, Ava, Julie, Caitlin and Parker?
CHRISSI: There was definitely a different personality trait to them all! I thought they were interesting characters, but I didn’t really feel connected to them. I think it’s because there were several characters in such a short book. Perhaps as the series progresses, the characters will develop further.

LUNA: It took me a while to care about what happened to them and if I’m perfectly honest I still don’t have the warm fuzzies about any them.

The first impression was a bit like each girl was there to check a box: Julie (Perfect), Caitlin (Sporty), MacKenzie (Geek), Ava (Pretty) & Parker (Damaged). Then as you get to know more about them and realise there is more that the initial facade it gets better but maybe it’s because there are 5 girls and The Perfectionists is a shorter book but I didn’t connect that much with any of them.

Best bit?
CHRISSI: I was engrossed throughout and it certainly kept me turning the page.

LUNA: The story is engaging and you’re always kept guessing. I can see why Sara Shepard’s other series are so popular.

Worst bit?:
CHRISSI: There’s no resolution. I wanted some things to be tied up, so it could standalone, but it doesn’t. I’m now not sure whether to carry on the series. I’m interested, but if it’s going to be as long as the Pretty Little Liars series… I can’t commit to that!

LUNA: There is no satisfying ending in my opinion. It is set up for the The Good Girls (book 2) and nothing has been resolved from the first book. I feel a bit cheated.

Favourite character / moment?
CHRISSI: I don’t really have a favourite character or moment. I didn’t really feel connected to the characters.

LUNA: My favourite parts involved Jeremy and Caitlin. The conversations between those two were sweet and from all the girls it was probably Caitlin I liked the most, partly because of her brother and Jeremy. But then… (sorry spoilers)

Was The Perfectionists what you expected?
CHRISSI: I expected it to be a fun and engrossing read. It was!

LUNA: I don’t know why but for some reason I had it in my head that The Perfectionists was a standalone.

Would you recommend it?
CHRISSI: Definitely. I enjoyed it, but just wish it wasn’t part of a series. I’m looking to read more standalones as I can’t commit to too many series! I’ll definitely consider reading the next book though. I need some sort of resolution!

LUNA: Yes, it is engaging but having since looked up Sara Shepard’s other series they do continue… Pretty Little Liars is currently on book 16. So it’s a question of if you’re willing to be in it for the long-haul.

Thank you to Hot Key Books for sending Chrissi & me
The Perfectionists for review.

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From November 17th – 21st it is Anti-Bullying Week in the UK and Penguin Random House has partnered with the Anti-Bullying Alliance to launch a nationwide anti-bullying campaign inspired by the internationally bestselling novel Wonder by R J Palacio.

You can find out more details on this tumblr page: http://wonderthebook.co.uk/TeachersResources

To help spread the CHOOSE KIND message during Anti-Bullying Week Penguin Random House have provided a giveaway bundle (a copy of Wonder & 365 Days of Wonder) for me to giveaway.

Giveaway

To enter the giveaway either leave a comment below starting with the words:
I #ChooseKind because…

Or tweet: I #ChooseKind because… (insert your message) @lunaslibrary
If you can’t include @lunaslibrary in your tweet just paste the link in the comments, otherwise I won’t have a record of your entry.

Or you can do both (will count as 2 entries!) :)

Please note this is a UK only giveaway &
closes midnight on the 22nd November 2014

I #ChooseKind because…

You can read my review of Wonder by clicking the link HERE

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Wonder by R.J. Palacio

17119852How did I get the book? I bought it.

Genre: Contemporary

Synopsis: You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, WONDER is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

200words (or less) review: I’m a bit late to the Wonder party. This was one of those books that whenever I confessed to not having read it I’d get the shocked “but WHY? It’s WONDERful”. Having read it, in one night (when I was only going to read the first few chapters), I get it.

The book is narrated by Auggie, friends he makes at school, his sister and a few others. Each has a clear and distinct voice, they could have easily blended together but they don’t. For me the switching of perspective was one of the best parts of the book because you got so much more insight and understanding.

This is definitely an emotional story. It’s not just Auggie that goes through a lot but so do his family and friends. I thought the book had a strong and positive message without coming across as being preachy.

Wonder is indeed WONDERful.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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How did I get the book?
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Picture Book

Previously reviewed: Happy Hooves Ta Dah!

Synopsis: The second book of the Happy Hooves series Oh! Oh! Oh! is a magical Christmas tale about our favourite hoofed friends. Cow says Santa will not come unless they all tidy their houses. But as each of the animals make everything sparkle and gleam, a panic arises as they realise something is missing.  How will Santa bring presents if they don’t have a chimney?

Anna Bogie’s sensational rhyming text once again creates magic on the pages with Rebecca Elliott’s exquisite snowy illustrations. This is a festive story no child will want to be without this Christmas.

200words (or less) review: When I reviewed the first Happy Hooves book I read it as a PDF, this time Fat Fox Books were kind enough to send a proof copy. The reason I’m telling you this? It makes a difference. I thought the artwork was great previously but actually seeing the book gave me another level of appreciation.

Rebecca Elliott is talented, you have the initial enjoyment of the pictures while you’re reading the story and then you find all these little extras. I really like how the background has a textured feel to it. Also all the little animals that got relocated during the tidying are so cute. :)

Now to the story, A. Bogie makes the tidying up in preparation for Santa’s visit fun. The rhyming text makes you want to read this book out loud. The last few pages in particular are great and have a nice message.

Oh! Oh! Oh! is an adorable read in the run up to Christmas.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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Kate Boorman is an independent artist and writer from the Canadian prairies. She has a Master of Arts in Dramatic Critical Theory, and a work resume full of the usual, whacky assortment of jobs.

Kate spent much of her childhood reading books instead of being useful around the house, and now she writes them, which means she is still not very useful. She is fond of beautiful-creepy things, good chocolate, and cozy slippers (all three are an essential part of her writing process).

She also loves to dig in the dirt, and sit under starry skies with her friends, and travel to far off lands with her husband and two children.

The Winterkill trilogy is her YA fiction debut.

FEAR ITSELF

Outside my childhood town was a gravel road that led to the town dump. Halfway along that road sat an abandoned farmhouse. Occasionally my dad would borrow an old truck from a friend, load up garden debris, and take a load to the landfill. I always asked to go with him. On the return trip, I would beg him to stop on the road next to that house and let me out. I would duck through the barb wire, cross the field, and creep across the door-less threshold. I wanted to see how far I could make it through the rooms of peeling wallpaper, dusty floorboards, tattered curtains, before I completely lost my cool. There was a staircase in a far corner of the house, but I never knew what was upstairs because I never got far enough to find out. I would turn and scramble for safety, something on my heels, before I reached the third step.

I wasn’t in any danger. There was no axe-murderer hiding in the attic of this forgotten little farmhouse, no fanged ghosts waiting to feast on my soul, no trapdoors to drop me into a mad scientist’s lab. I knew that. I knew that, because my dad would never have let me out of the truck to investigate, had the remotest possibility of danger existed.

Still, it scared me. I went because it scared me. I projected all sorts of horror-fantasies onto that farmhouse, all sorts of unknowns and what ifs. And I loved the resulting pulse-racing, heart-pounding, hands and feet-tingling, full body shock.

Fear motivates and inhibits us like no other emotion. And it’s fascinating to me because it resides in a liminal space of possibility—fear exists only when the potential for something bad happening exists. The degree to which we fear something should relate directly to that potential, and it’s why fear is not always a bad thing. You’ve heard of a ‘healthy fear’? Often that term is used to describe a child’s behavior; they are wary of strange dogs, for example. When fear prevents us from engaging in a true hazard, or when it encourages us to take precautions that minimize the hazard, it can be likened to common sense. Survival instinct, even.

But what about when fear dictates our behavior despite the fact that the potential for danger is, in reality, very small? I’m not talking about phobias, which we cannot consciously control; I’m talking about fears we willingly engage in our day to day existence. What unpleasant possibilities scare you, despite evidence they won’t become reality? What are the abandoned houses of your everyday life? And are they keeping you captive, keeping you from discovering new things about your world, your self?

In college, my best friend had a rather bizarre fear: she was afraid that while holding a pointy object in one hand she would be overcome with a violent sneeze. The sneeze would cause her to jerk her head forward uncontrollably and she would accidentally stab her eye out with the object. I’m not kidding; this would actually weigh on her mind while she stood in our kitchen, holding a fork. Of course, the fear didn’t prevent her from using utensils, but it was ever present, reminding her not to hold that fork too long.

That’s a rather benign (and hilarious) example of unsubstantiated fear; her horror-fantasy affected no one but her and even then, not so negatively.

But how about when we project unlikely possibilities onto our world in a broader sense, in our relationships and interactions with others? What does that look like?

Not so benign, I think. When we project horror-fantasy onto people around us, it looks like fear of the Other. In the extreme, it results in all kinds of ugliness—racism, homophobia, misogyny, xenophobia—and is responsible for the worst atrocities. It is fear of the unknown, yes, but it is willing engagement with fear that is not survival instinct or common sense. It is, simply, fear. It is the axe-murderer in the farmhouse attic, appearing in our everyday existence.

And how about when we project it onto ourselves? When we choose to believe the worst about ourselves? Are we able to accomplish the things we dream about? When we are afraid that we aren’t good enough, or when we are afraid others think we aren’t worthy, how can we discover new things, learn, grow? How can we get past the third step of those creaky farmhouse stairs to see what’s truly in the attic?

In my book WINTERKILL, my main character, Emmeline, is caught in a world of fear. Her people are struggling to survive, so their fears are broad and many. There are obvious dangers but there are also many unknowns, and Emmeline’s curiosity drives her to investigate that grey area. Her actions reveal secrets that could change her life but Emmeline’s fears about herself, about how others view her, end up putting her in peril.

Fear is useful—critical even—when it lies in the realm of survival instinct. Fear can be fun, when it is contained to the adrenaline rush of a strictly hypothetical situation. But when it dictates our actions, our thoughts about others and ourselves, despite the absence of true threat, it can be extremely damaging.

A good course of action, I think, is to examine our fear. To determine how likely it is that the bad thing will occur. We should think hard about whether our fear is indeed survival instinct, or if it lies in the realm of horror-fantasy.

In order to master our fear, we need to know when we are willingly entering that abandoned farmhouse. We need to remind ourselves that, far more often than not, we have created the ghosts therein.

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Where Emmeline lives, you cannot love and you cannot leave…

The Council’s rules are strict, but they’re for the good of the settlement in which Emmeline lives. Everyone knows there is nothing but danger the other side of the Wall, and the community must prepare for the freezing winterkill that comes every year.

But Emmeline struggles to be obedient under the Council’s suffocating embrace – especially when she discovers that a Council leader intends to snatch her hand in marriage.

Then Emmeline begins to hear the call of the trees beyond the Wall…

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You can read my review of the book by click the link HERE

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